Fear makes a liar out of each of us. In both big and small ways, fear causes us to fall short of pursuing and fulfilling God’s promise for us. (In Greek, the word sin, αμαρτία, literally means “to miss the mark,” so I don’t see sin as something that breaks us, but rather simply separates us from our true selves…just like it separated Adam and Eve from God.) Fear stops us from following God’s calling for us. Think of the Denial of Peter – Jesus knew Peter would deny him three times out of fear of being associated with Christ. We’re often shocked by this, but would you be strong enough to act differently? DO you act differently? Each time you give into fear and ignore God’s call to you, you’re denying him and the power he has over the world.
After being unable to sleep this morning, I transitioned to the couch. Lying there wrapped in a blanket, I crossed my arms over my chest in an effort to get as comfortable as possible. For a few moments, I rested. But with every breath, and with each passing minute, things felt heavier. For those minutes, I fully realized the weight of my own body – my chest moving up and down, my arms shifting slightly to accommodate the movement.
In between slow breaths, three things crossed my mind:
Today, the Orthodox world buries Christ. On Great and Holy Friday, we mourn the death of Christ on the Cross as we remove his body and prepare it for burial. Today is a day centered on the effects of sin. Today, in anticipation of ultimate triumph, sin nailed Christ to the Cross in order to prove its sovereignty. Once and for all, sin aimed to separate God from his most beloved creation.
Ever since I was a child I’ve loved maps. I remember being five years old sitting in the back seat giving my grandparents directions. “No, don’t take a left, take a right. No, don’t take a right, take a left.” Of course, my directions were useless, but I loved holding the map either way. I guess you could say I loved the feeling of being in control.
I still love that feeling, but sadly MY directions for life are still useless. Continue reading “With faith, not sight.”
Everyone is fighting a battle. We, as sympathetic humans, say this consistently. Bad days are relative, and everyone has them. Each of us wrestle demons – seen and unseen – in an effort to continue to put one foot in front of the other each day.
Some battles are private. Some battles are public. Some are momentary and others, unfortunately, last a lifetime. It’s a condition of our fallen world. The battle between good and evil rages and we’re stuck smack in the middle.